TMOD- Tactical Mapping on Demand

Accurate and up-to-date Orthophoto (a geometrically corrected aerial photo representing accurately the earth’s surface), with geo-reference information, is an essential product for tactical forces, first responders, municipalities, Agronomist, etc.

Bluebird’s UAS, equipped with a unique photogrammetric payload, can be sent on autonomous missions to collect images that will be automatically converted to an Orthophoto, with up to 1cm/pixel resolution, and up to 1m geo-reference accuracy.
The UAS can provide near-real time Tactical Mapping on Demand (TMOD) by collecting high-resolution images during the flight and processing them post- flight by using the Mapping ground station and Software.
The suggested Photogrammetric solution is based on a proprietary ground processing suite that utilizes advanced correlation technology, vector programming, and advanced color & image processing algorithm.
This enables:

  • High-resolution actionable products
  • Products in RGB, Multi-Spectral (NIR) or IR wavelengths
  • Quick response for faster decision-making
  • Simple Operation
  • Covert operation
  • Ability to perform under cloud cover
  • Maintaining evidential records
  • Operating in dangerous zones, where manned aircraft cannot (Disaster-stricken areas)

Mapping Deliverables:

  • Digital terrain models (DTM)
  • Digital surface models (DSM)
  • Digital Orthophotos (composed from several orthorectified aerial images)

RGB Payload

The Photogrammetric Day Payload is based on a high-resolution stills camera and an integrated Inertial Navigation System (INS), which includes IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), GPS and compass. The camera is mounted on a 2-axis stabilized gimbal, controlled by the integrated micro-controller. The payload supports a resolution of up to 4cm/pixels.

During flight, the payload is commanded from the GCS, while images and related synchronize metadata are recorded and stored in the internal removable memory device, while the payload is transmitting real-time video to the GCS (for operator’s orientation).

IR  Payload

For certain applications, it may be required to collect IR thermal images and register them to the RGB orthophoto, in order to detect the location of thermally affected objects like underground pipes, etc.

The IR Payload is based on a high-resolution IR twin-sensor array, and an integrated INS, which includes IMU, GPS, and compass. The sensors are mounted on a 2-axis stabilized gimbal, controlled by the integrated micro-controller.

Using an array of two IR highly sensitive uncooled IR sensors, it is possible to get up to 10cm/pixel resolution when flying at low altitude (~150m). During mission planning, the payload is programmed to collect the high-resolution images, along with the required Meta-Data (GPS and other sensor’s information), to allow for post-flight automatic image processing.

During flight, the payload is commanded from the GCS, while images and related synchronize metadata are recorded and stored in the internal removable memory device, while the payload is transmitting real-time video to the GCS (for operator’s orientation).

 Uses & Applications

  • HLS & Defense
  • Emergency response
  • Underground active oil pipelines mapping
  • Precision agriculture
  • Mining surveys
  • Energy audit
  • Oil spill response
  • Power lines Monitoring
  • Forestry
  • Fish and wildlife